This endeavor introduces two professional certificate programs in Web3, establishing a new, comprehensive, and global benchmark for Web3 education.
Zug, Switzerland – April 12, 2023 – The Web3 Foundation, and the DEC Institute (the DEC), announced a collaboration with edx, a leading global online learning platform to help professionals everywhere start or advance a career in blockchain. As part of the Web3 Foundation’s ongoing support for Web3 education, the foundation partnered with the DEC to contribute to creating course content on edX.
As a result, two Professional Certificate programs will launch on edX.org that will put learners on a path towards earning a Chartered Blockchain Analyst (CBA®) or Chartered Digital Asset Analyst (CDAA®) continuing education certificate.
The DEC Professional Certificate programs on edX aim to develop and strengthen vital professional skills required to excel in today's most sought-after fields. The curriculum is created through DEC's collaboration with numerous top-tier blockchain education providers and industry partners.
"This milestone signifies the formalization and professionalization of blockchain and Web3 education, as leading universities and industry players, including Web3 Foundation, collaborate to establish a rigorous international standard," said Bill Laboon, Head of Education and Grants at the Web3 Foundation. Adding that "Education is essential for promoting a decentralized, fair internet through Web3. Expanding access to high-quality education empowers future builders and developers in shaping Web3, instilling confidence in learners and employers about candidates' skillsets."
These Web3 programs are crucial for the job market as they equip professionals with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the rapidly growing blockchain and decentralized technology sectors. As industries increasingly adopt Web3 technologies to enhance security, transparency, and efficiency, the demand for qualified professionals in this domain is surging. By offering Web3 programs, educational institutions contribute to bridging the skills gap, fostering innovation, and enabling individuals to seize career opportunities in this burgeoning field.
The DEC’s first preparatory courses, Chartered Blockchain Analyst - CBA®️ Level 1 and Chartered Digital Asset Analyst - CDAA®️ Level 1, are available now on edX.org. The Level 2 Professional Certificate programs are expected to launch in Summer 2023. These offerings add to edX's catalog of more than 4,000 online learning experiences developed in partnership with the world's top universities and corporations, from free courses to full degrees. The courses will include instructions from experts at top institutions, including: Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts, University College London, Centre for Blockchain Technologies, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management, and The University of British Columbia.
“Eager to capitalize on the potential that Web3 holds, our learners are increasingly looking to gain the skills that are defining the modern technology landscape,” said Andrew Hermalyn, president of partnerships at 2U, the parent company of edX. “As one of the world’s top knowledge resources for blockchain, the DEC is the perfect partner to help edX learners prepare for a dynamic career in a rapidly evolving field.”
“The collaboration between edX, the DEC and the Web3 Foundation makes the power of high-quality blockchain education accessible to everyone and unlocks the transformative potential of Web3 technology,” said the DEC Institute co-founder Arno Pernthaler.
About Web3 Foundation
Web3 Foundation funds research and development teams building the technology stack of the decentralized web. It was established in Zug, Switzerland by Ethereum co-founder and former chief technology officer Dr. Gavin Wood. Polkadot is the Foundation's flagship project. For more information, visit web3.foundation
About DEC Institute
The DEC Institute is a global, mission-driven organization, co-founded by the leading blockchain, cryptoassets and Web3 focused universities worldwide, and serving the global talent and professional development market. DEC believes that high-quality professionals contribute significantly to the advancement and sustainable functioning of the industry. It´s mission is to provide value to this profession through a platform for knowledge distribution and certification and by engaging with the industry to advance the newest developments, expertise, and professional standards of practice. For more information, please visit decinstitute.org.
edX is the global online learning platform that exists to help learners everywhere unlock their potential. edX was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012 to make the world’s best education available to everyone. Today, as a 2U, Inc. company (Nasdaq: TWOU), edX connects 48 million ambitious learners with the skills, knowledge, and support to achieve their goals. Together with the world’s leading universities and companies, edX offers thousands of free and open courses, professional certificates, boot camps, credit-bearing micro credentials, and undergraduate and graduate degrees. Discover purpose-built online programs in technology, business, healthcare, science, education, social work, sustainability, and more at edX.org.
Director of Communications and Partnerships, Web3 Foundation